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14th Mar 2022

Pregnant woman and baby killed following bombing of maternity ward in Ukraine

Sarah McKenna Barry

Doctors attempted to resuscitate her for 30 minutes.

A pregnant woman and her baby have died after Russian forces bombed a maternity hospital in the Ukrainian city of Mariupol.

As Breaking News reports, the woman was at the hospital ready to give birth when it was shelled last week.

Rescuers worked through the rubble to reach the woman, and she was later pictured on a stretcher. She was taken to a different hospital where doctors tried to treat her.

Her pelvis had been crushed and her hip was detached.

It’s understood that when she realised she lost her baby, she told healthcare workers: “Kill me now.”

Surgeons delivered the baby via caesarean, but there were “no signs of life”, according to Dr Timur Martin.

The team then spent 30 minutes attempting to resuscitate the mother, but this “didn’t produce results”, according to Mr Martin.

World leaders have condemned the attack on the hospital amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

The UK’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “There are few things more depraved than targeting the vulnerable and defenceless. The UK is exploring more support for Ukraine to defend against airstrikes and we will hold Putin to account for his terrible crimes.”

US President Joe Biden said: “If we do not respond to Putin’s assault on global peace and stability today, the cost to freedom, and to the American people will be even greater tomorrow. We will not be part of subsidizing Putin’s war against the Ukrainian people.”

On Saturday, Ukraine’s foreign ministry said that Russian forces had shelled a mosque in the city of Mariupol where over 80 adults and children had taken refuge.

The statement read: “The mosque of Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent and his wife Roxolana (Hurrem Sultan) in Mariupol was shelled by Russian invaders.

“More than 80 adults and children are hiding there from the shelling, including citizens of Turkey.”

Also on Saturday, Ukrainian officials said Russian forces damaged a cancer hospital and several residential buildings in the southern city of Mykolaiv with shelling.

The hospital’s head doctor, Maksim Beznosenko, said several hundred patients were in the hospital but that no one was killed.